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40 tonnes of `e-waste` collected in New Zealand

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Source: New Zealand Government

Northlanders dropped off about 40 tonnes of obsolete computer equipment and unwanted mobile phones for recycling as part of national ‘eDay’ at the weekend.

'eDay' was marked in Northland on Saturday with a total of almost 4000 items dropped off at sites in Whangarei, Kaikohe and Kaitaia for recycling.

The event was co-ordinated locally by the Community and Business Environment Centre (CBEC) with support from the Northland Regional Council and the Far North and Whangarei District Councils.

Regional eDay Co-ordinator Beau Mallett, of CBEC, hailed the event a great success in Northland.  For safety and traffic management reasons, the event was only open to people dropping their waste off by car, but hundreds had still turned out.

“As expected, Whangarei was the busiest site with people in 351 vehicles dropping off 2767 items weighing a total of 28 tonnes.  In Kaitaia, 173 vehicles were recorded and 589 items weighing a total of six tonnes collected, while in Kaikohe, 50 vehicles were recorded and six tonnes of waste – 570 items – collected.”

Mr Mallett says that’s a large amount of waste that would otherwise have probably ended up in a landfill.  Nationally, Kiwis cleared their homes of about 900 tonnes of e-waste during eDay collections, with more than 15,000 car loads dropped off at more than 30 centres.

Equipment collected during eDay is sorted at each drop-off site before being transported to Auckland for the next stage in the recycling process.  An estimated 95 percent of the all equipment collected should be able to be recycled or reused.

Mr Mallett says with e-waste “the fastest growing form of waste in the world” eDay had provided an ideal opportunity for ordinary members of the community to dispose of it responsibly and safely.

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